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15 July, 2022

Cobar no match for Gil

Christie and Hood Castlereagh League

The Gilgandra Panthers and the Cobar Roosters were the headline act for round 11 of the Christie and Hood Castlereagh League with a top of the table clash played at McGrane Oval last Saturday.

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The Roosters went into the match as competition leaders, and it didn’t take long for them to get the score- board ticking when they scored a converted try in the 11th minute.

Three minutes later the Panthers went on the attack and after a long run by Hayden Smith, the ball was spun to the opposite side of the field and Blake Frost burst through the Cobar defence to touch down.

DJ Smith converted, and the game was tied up at 6- 6. Cobar replied with an unconverted try to take the lead again, but with 13 minutes remaining in the half, cap- tain-coach, Jamie Towney took on the Rooster defence and scored next to the posts.

DJ Smith converted to give the Panthers the lead again at 12-10 and with six minutes left in the first half, Frost was in again when he charged at the line and crossed for his second try of the afternoon. Smith con- verted and the Panthers went to the break leading 18-10.

The Roosters came out of the sheds fired up for a big second half and after only six minutes they reduced the Panthers lead to two points with a converted try. Four minutes later they gained the lead once again with a try in the corner to make it 20-18 to the Roosters.

In a high standard game as well as a highly enter- taining game, both sides slugged it out before George Alchin touched down for the Panthers in canteen corner to wrest the lead back for the Panthers, making it 22-20 and with 15-minutes remaining, try scoring machine, DJ Smith crossed for the Panthers. Tye Sutherland convert-

ed the try and the Panther crowd was feeling confident with a 28-20 lead as the clock ticked down. With three minutes left on the clock, the Panthers invited the visi- tors back into the game when they lost a scrum with the feed close to their own line.

The Roosters duly accepted the challenge and scored a converted try to make it 28-26 and in the thrilling final minutes, the Panthers clung on to win and grab a share of the competition lead.

Once again, the Panthers were best served by their rampaging front rower, Anthony Harris who terrorised the Rooster defence all day along with Blake Frost who was damaging all day with his strong running and great defence.

The Panthers were also led from the front by Jamie Towney who is building his team with some confidence heading into the big games that lie ahead.
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The Pinkies started the day in perfect fashion for the panther supporters when they scored their biggest win to date with a 56-18 win over the Cobar Hennies. Rani Diggs scored in the opening minutes for the Pinkies and the tries kept flowing from that point.

The Pinkies turned a 20-14 half-time lead into 38 point and a win in the end, in a great team effort. Coaches Wood and Louie are finally starting to see the hard work starting to pay off and the girls need to keep building as the season rolls along.

The Panther and Pinkies get a rest this Saturday before taking on archrivals, the Gulgong Bull Terriers in round 13.

The Panthers will be looking forward to turning the tables at home after they were soundly beaten at Gulgong earlier in the season in a match that got away from them. 

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